Monday, October 26, 2009

Not Giving Up

Okay, I re-approached the piece today after taking a wee break from it yesterday. Went for an entirely different perspective. I've lost the skaters, yes, and all of that detail, but I am liking the movement in this one better. I bought the book "Ignis" today illustrated by P.J. Lynch (a new fave!). The book is filled with spreads! So hopefully over time I'll get the hang of it. :P

I want more detail, but thinking maybe this piece just isn't meant to have a lot of detail. I dunno, if you can see a place for it or if this spread just doesn't cut it, let me know.

Again thank you for all of your support and feedback. It has helped A LOT!!


pete said...

I think this one's a keeper, Sara. Something about the composition leaves a great deal more to the imagination and is genuinely more emotive. Maybe its the lack of information given in the painting that leads to a more "happy" composition. Those other versions had lots competing within the frame. I like this one loads more for lots of reasons.

For instance, I like not seeing their faces...makes me feel like I am actually stealing a moment in time from a very special moment in a story. I think the focus on the top of that scepter, which would be evident from prior context of the story, is great. Hints of line and character in this one are fantastic!

Having said that, I do think it would be more powerful if you give context to this image by providing another scene from the story. I think that would help ground your characters.

I also like the minimal use of color in this one, and the sketchy line!

Way to keep persevering in the face of frustration! I think it paid off in your favor.

pete said...
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sara b. said...

Thanks Pete! I enjoy my sketchy lines and digital color too, but it will be going to ink then watercolor. :) I've already battled between which to focus on for childrens books and it's the watercolor. I may try to start weening the heavy line out tho. I might try that with this one...been rethinking my process a bit when transferring an image to watercolor paper.

I guess we'll see what happens! :D

Lyon said...

Just a small technical comment. Fold the image in half and make sure you aren't losing too much of the underwater child in the (imaginary) gutter.

I am so glad you pushed the envelope on this image. It went from being okay to being extra-ordinary.

While I like the feel of the pale colors, I think you can better focus on the glow of the septer top by making the edges of the painting darker and murkier and the glow of the center of interest even brighter.

You should really give yourself a pat on the back for this one.